Holy Baptism of Christ
- Dear Moderator,
Jesus is the son of God. He was born by the holy spirit. In such condition why he has taken Holy baptism. The gospel records that the holy spirit came like fire on Jesus at that time. Holy spirit was not with Jesus till that time?? Is it related to a new birth?? Is it relate to get the holy spirit?? But is Jesus require all this, as we common people.
yours in Jesus
Eldo Varghese(Eldo E V)
- Eldo Varghese,
This is a great question! Why does Jesus Christ need baptism if he's
The answer is found by looking at a place we often don't: our baptism
service! The songs we sing and the words we chant provides the
answers. Unfortunately, I'm limited in my Malayalam, having grown up
in the U.S., but here's what I've come across.
The Kukoyo song that begins "Cher-thu salelam johan-nan sna-na-thinai" tells us, in the last stanza, that Christ took baptism for the sake of our sins.
And this comes from Scripture, as does all of our services. As Christ comes to be baptized, John asks the same question. "I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me" (Matt. 3:14). Christ responds, ""Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness" (v. 15). John the Baptist naturally asked why the spotless lamb needs baptism. And Christ responds with the reason for His incarnation. He takes on all through His incarnation, including baptism, to fulfill all righteousness of the Law. He is the perfect substitute who purifies all things. As the Orthodox Study Bible comments, "His baptism was necessary for the fulfillment of God's righteous plan of salvation. 'Jesus enters the filthy, sinful waters of the world and when He comes out, brings up and purifies the entire world with Him'".
In our baptism service, we sing that through Christ's baptism, even
the River Jordan has become blessed.
There are many other reasons for His baptism, too:
1) Through it, Christ is revealed as the Son of God by the Father and
2) He shows us an example to follow
3) He prefigured His own death, giving baptism its ultimate meaning
As a side-note, many of our theological questions are answered by
looking at our ancient church services which deals with that topic.
Examining the songs, chants (Promieon, Sedro, etc.), and Scripture
readings are a great starting point.
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Eldo Varghese wrote:
> Dear Moderator,
> Jesus is the son of God. He was born by the holy spirit. In such
condition why he has taken Holy baptism. The gospel records that the
holy spirit came like fire on Jesus at that time. Holy spirit was not
with Jesus till that time?? Is it related to a new birth?? Is it
relate to get the holy spirit?? But is Jesus require all this, as we
> yours in Jesus
> Eldo Varghese(Eldo E V)
> # 4120
- May be Christ was being ordained as a "bali vastu", sacrificial lamb,
through the mamodisa he was getting ready for a sacrifice?
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On Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 9:51 AM, <GeorgeAramath> wrote:
> Eldo Varghese,
> This is a great question! Why does Jesus Christ need baptism if he's
> without sin?
- Respected All,
It was needed that, before Jesus starts his ministry the revelation of Holy Trinity to the humankind. The image of God as, Holy Father-Son-Sprit is been revealed towards the ministry to prove that Jesus is the Son of God, about whom the Prophets said before.
Also, St Ignatius of Antioch's says that Jesus was baptized to purify the waters of baptism of New Testament.
My question is, Is that the Son of God was born with 'Sin of Eden'?
Similar to the New Testament baptism, is the John's Baptism was also done for remission of 'Sin of Eden' ?
Looking forward to hear from learned members.
In HIS love,
Marth Mariam Cathedral Kandanad,
St Mary's JSO Cathedral Bangalore.
ID # 972
- Greetings to All
Let me add to these a few thoughts more.
Was it only the Baptism of Christ that happened???? Because we
"Aadyacharyathwam Kaikkondu Aahoron Moosayodonnichu
Scariyaakathunalkee Moosa, Scariyaa Yohannaaneki
Yohannan Karthavinnum (How) Karthaa than sleehanmaarkkum
Naana shrishtivibaaganlkkeki sleehanmaar
To my understanding it was the Levite priesthood (Ex:28-29) which
God had given to Aahoron and Moosa given back to God exactly at the
age of thirty (Ref -Num 4:2). It was the end of Old Testament and
the start of New Testament. The Omnipresent God is only understood
and seen by the human as and when He Himself reveals it to us and
that was what happened on that day in Jordan. For thirty years it
was a secret for the two families of John the Baptist and Jesus (do
wonder what had happened with the Magi's and shepherds), but it was
revealed to the whole world to see and believe on that day. The
Christian baptism was only constituted by our Lord after his
resurrection (Gospel of St. Mathew 28-19).
Shinu Jesus Abraham
Member id # 2908
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, George Aramath wrote:
As the Orthodox Study Bible comments, "His baptism was necessary
for the fulfillment of God's righteous plan of salvation. 'Jesus
enters the filthy, sinful waters of the world and when He comes out,
brings up and purifies the entire world with Him'".
- Dear Learned members,
I have raised few questions on the subject few months back, here but not got any reply...So posting it again.
My questions are, is Jesus Christ was born with the 'Sin of Eden'?
Similar to the New Testament baptism, is Saint John was doing a remission to 'Sin of Eden' by his baptism?
Looking forward to hear from learned members.
In HIS love,
ID # 972
Marth Mariam Cathedral Kandanad.
- Dear Thomas Mann
Jesus was not born of man. Jesus is the Word (Logos) the Eternal son Of God who has come in Flesh. The Word become Flesh and dwelt among us (gospel john 1:14) the word become flesh to reveal the father. The baptism of John was for Repentance. Jesus' baptism was to reveal the trinity of God. Three persons in one Nature. Father is the unbegotten, son is the only begotten (1:18, 3:16, 18), and holy spirit proceeds from the father (15:26) Jesus Christ was The King, High priest and Prophet. When the word become flesh (Jesus the Eternal son Of God become man) Jesus was recognizing the Prophetic mission Of John the Baptist. Jesus was man as well as God at the same time. As a man he wanted to be like any other ordinary person (man)for his mission in this world. Jesus spoke about his baptism in Mark 10.38. He was Sacrificial Lamb of God to save people from sin or give eternal life to human beings.
The New Testament Baptism is The Baptism Jesus taught his Disciples. Mathew 28:18-19.John the Baptist told the multitude that Jesus Christ will Baptize you with Holy Spirit and Fire (luke3:15-16) The Christian Baptism is different from Repentance Baptism performed By John the Baptist.
It is clear that Jesus was born without sin as He is the Begotten son of the Eternal God Father. The Children of God were born not of Blood, nor the will of Flesh, nor the will of Man, But Of GOD.(john1:13)
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Thomas Mann wrote:
> Dear Learned members,
> I have raised few questions on the subject few months back, here but not got any reply...So posting it again.
> My questions are, is Jesus Christ was born with the 'Sin of Eden'?
> Similar to the New Testament baptism, is Saint John was doing a remission to 'Sin of Eden' by his baptism?
> Looking forward to hear from learned members.
> In HIS love,
> Thomas Mann
> ID # 972
> Marth Mariam Cathedral Kandanad.